Timber flooring is an economical floor covering alternative and has been for decades. Timber flooring can be installed directly to sheet subflooring, on joist to ceiling subflooring and even directly on base sheet flooring of plywood, particle board or other wood products. In fact the majority of timber flooring that you see in New Zealand is done with plywood products.
The most popular timber flooring material in New Zealand is hardwood. Timber flooring is a mixture of recycled lumber such as teak, oak or cane wood, with new hardwood flooring material like plywood, particle board or other wood products. Hardwood flooring is a more expensive product than engineered flooring, but it looks like hardwood and has the same resale value as hardwood.
A third commonly used type of timber for the floor covering is laminate timber flooring. This type of flooring is made from layers of synthetic wood or composite material and glued together to form a solid surface.
Laminated timber products are much less dense than real wood products. This means the laminated wood product will cost less to produce and install. Laminated flooring has been popular in many countries in Europe for many years. Since the mid 90’s in New Zealand, the popularity of laminated wood flooring has skyrocketed and it’s now being used in high end homes.
The benefits of laminate timber products over hardwood floor are obvious. A laminated wood flooring product requires less time and effort than installing hardwood flooring. It also offers a far more attractive appearance and feel.
There are many advantages to using laminate wood products for flooring. It is extremely durable and can last a lifetime with very little maintenance. It also offers a clean, fresh and uniform appearance.
Hardwood is a good investment because it is a renewable resource and because it looks stunning. It is often a desirable finish to your house because it can add character and personality. Laminated timber products do not have this quality. They also cost more to install than hardwood flooring.
The best way to compare different types of wood flooring for your home is to do a test before buying. You can either purchase a few laminated timber floors and try them out to see if they are suitable or purchase a set of wood products and do the test. This will save you money and time.
If you choose to try laminated timber products then you will find they cost far more than real wood products. Laminated wood products are available from many suppliers at reasonable prices. Laminated products are also more stable and are easier to install than real wood products.
Laminated flooring works well for any type of house including apartments, houses, holiday cottages and commercial premises. Laminated timber is also a great choice for any area where there is little space.
Laminated timber flooring is a good choice for homes because it will not cause problems with moisture, dampness and termites. Laminated flooring is not affected by moisture, which makes it suitable for any place.
Laminated flooring is easy to clean and maintain. All you need to do is sweep and vacuum the floor after each use to keep it clean and bacteria free.
Laminated timber is available in many finishes to suit all budgets. There are many choices to choose from including the popular ‘Laminated Black Finish’ which offers a rich look and a natural look.
A wide range of styles and colours are available from the wood which is easily stained or painted. You can also buy laminated flooring with a glossy or matte finish.
For any new product this is an essential consideration, so it is worth having a look at what laminated timber can offer. Laminated timber can be installed over existing floors, and is also a good choice as a new installation for your home.
It is important to have a look at the variety available when selecting your product. By researching the types of wood and comparing them with the products available, you can ensure that you make the correct decision on your timber flooring.